Biblical at the Horseshoe

Local band assaults ears, rocks bodies at album release

BIBLICAL and PUBLIC ANIMAL at the Horseshoe, Saturday, March 29. Rating: NNNN

The riffs came loud and heavy at the Horseshoe for Biblical’s album release party, assaulting ears and making bodies rock. Biblical’s newer tunes leave behind some of the garage/hard rock tendencies heard on the band’s 2011 EP for the slowly unfurling, gothic quality of full-length Monsoon Season, which has been gathering positive reviews since its release earlier this month.

Nick Sewell’s impassioned vocals and bludgeoning bass lines guide the proceedings away from too much psychedelic jamminess, though that happens, too, less excitingly. In unassuming hoodies, the local four-piece made up of T.O. music scene old-schoolers seemed pleasantly stunned to find themselves playing for a full room of attentive fans, who ate up epic tunes like Traitors and Second Sight.

But bands should start getting nervous when they invite Public Animal to open for them. The Ian Blurton-led four-piece has a knack for overshadowing the headliner with their supersonic hard rock songs, no-holds-barred delivery and dazzling man/woman harmonies. It’s a superbly invigorating and catchy sound, leaving us dying to know when their record release party is going to happen.

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